Violinist and violist Jonathan Chu is distinguished both as a chamber and orchestral musician. As a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s viola section, he has toured throughout Asia and Europe appearing in some of the finest halls in the world. He also has performed with many other ensembles: ECCO, which he joined in 2010; the St Louis Symphony and Santa Fe Opera Orchestras, as a violinist, as well as concertmaster with the Juilliard Orchestra and guest principal violin with the St Paul and Orpheus Chamber Orchestras. Most recently, Mr. Chu won an audition to join the Boston Symphony Orchestra and will begin there next season.
Aside from his orchestral work, Mr. Chu enjoys a range of other musical interests. He has performed with the Musicians from Marlboro and Caramoor’s “Rising Stars” series. With the Fader Piano Quartet, he was a prizewinner at the Coleman Competition in Pasadena, CA. He is a founding member of the Io String Quartet. Festivals Mr. Chu has attended include Marlboro, Yellow Barn and Taos.
He can also be found on the album of the rock band Vampire Weekend playing both violin and viola.
Mr. Chu is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, where he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree along with a second major in economics, and the Juilliard School, where he received a Master of Music studying with Robert Mann.
He plays on a violin made in 1823 by Nicolas Lupot, a gift from his former teacher Marianne Pashler, and a viola made in 2004 by Hiroshi Iizuka.